Elizabeth (Liz) Wheeler is the Chief Executive Officer of Micato Safaris East Africa.She has been in the tourism industry for over 23 years, specializing in third-world and emerging destinations, and has worked in over 80 countries. Ms. Wheeler joined Micato Safaris in 1997 as Senior Director of Field Operations overseeing product delivery and service standards in East Africa, Southern Africa, and India.As Chief Operating Officer, her oversight expanded to development of new product and marketing initiatives for presentation to the luxury market.During her tenure Micato Safaris has won numerous industry awards, including being named Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Tour and Safari Operator a record 9 times.
Micato Safaris’ vibrant nonprofit arm, AmericaShare, sends a child to school for every safari sold – amongst many other community outreach initiatives.Ms. Wheeler has overseen corporate support of the foundation during the many years of its growth and programme expansion. She has also spearheaded financial welfare initiatives for Maasai villages in the Maasai Mara and Amboseli.
Ms. Wheeler is a founding member of the Nairobi Overseas Security Advisory Council, and is also a member of the Dar es Salaam chapter of OSAC.
Prior to joining Micato Safaris, Ms. Wheeler worked for Grand Circle Travel during which time she worked extensively in South America, Southeast Asia and Russia.She originally hails from Springfield, Illinois, and resides in Nairobi, Kenya and Boston, Massachusetts.